We’ve all dreamed of leaving behind the daily grind and setting off on a grand adventure. At Houst we take pride in enabling those dreams.Today we hear from Sarah, who chose Houst to manage her London Airbnb property while she and her husband cycled through Europe. With the income raised from her vacant property, Sarah and Ed were able to take a sabbatical and go on the adventure of a lifetime:What’s your story?“Home for us is in Suffolk, where we have lived for the last 10 years, but we need to be in London during the week – I’m a freelance marketing consultant and most of my work is in London, and my husband Ed is studying part time for a geology degree at Birkbeck.We’re lucky enough to have a small flat in London and a cottage in Suffolk, but don’t both work full time – so we had been looking for a flexible letting solution for our London flat that would allow us to be in London when we needed to be, either for work or college, and which would generate income for us when we weren’t there to help us pay the bills!”What dream did you follow?“For several years we had wanted to take a sabbatical, and from a career perspective this year felt like our last opportunity for a while. We wanted to do something meaningful with our time and decided on a cycle tour – a good way to blow the cobwebs away, store up memories for years to come and get fit in the process! I’m not sure how we came up with Gothenburg to Sicily (Mount Etna, more specifically), but somehow the idea was born and given Ed’s geology degree it felt fitting to have a volcano as our final destination!
The journey was amazing – now we are back it almost feels like we were living a parallel life for 3 months. And cycling and camping our way through Europe feels very poignant in retrospect, at a time when the UK had voted to say goodbye to it… Some real highs and of course real lows – we approached each day with an ‘adventure is out there’ type attitude, and it certainly was – from being chased by wild dogs to foraged picnics of wild figs, almonds and cherries all gathered road-side. Crossing the Dolomites was a definite highlight as the scenery was breathtaking and there were perfect cappuccinos waiting for us at every tiny coffee stop en route.Why did you choose Houst?“We hadn’t thought it possible to rent our own flat out, as we couldn’t see our way through the logistical challenges – how would we hand keys over given we’re not always in London? How would we manage the cleaning? Would we need to stay up all night to answer guestmails? But a friend recommended Houst as a way around these problems so we got in touch, and it has been a hugely positive experience.”Did you enjoy the service?“There are lots of things about the Houst service which are brilliant. Having people on hand to ‘sort stuff’ when guests have problems; managing all the communication with guests, which we just wouldn’t have time to do – and it’s always a relief to be able to come back to a lovely clean flat. Having a dedicated account manager is also much appreciated – it feels very fitting as Airbnb is about the personal and individual too, but this kind of service is now quite rare in the service industry.”If you'd like to unlock the value in your home, try our clever calculator below and see how much your home could earn you!
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